Outdoor Equipment

One of the things that should be done is to make sure that you actually choose a hammock that is of the highest quality so as to get efficiency as well as durability all wrapped in one. There are different sizes of hammocks that you can choose from. The widths are also different. There are those that are designed for couples while others are best for single users. If you are alone, then a narrower hammock is suitable but it all depends on the amount of space you feel like you need. You should however be sure that when the hammock is too wide, it will actually wrap all around you and you might start feeling claustrophobic.

The length that you do settle for also widely depends on the user in question. There are some models that are well over 8 feet. However, this is truly a matter of preference. When you buy a hammock, you need to understand the suspension system. You also need carabineers. You might get some of these together with the hammock, but other times you may need to buy them separately. A good hammock should have lots of attachment points. This is because you will be able to have better adjustability as well as better flexibility when it comes to the trees you choose to use.

The Abs carver

Outdoor lovers should always remain fit so as to be able to handle the terrain that can be rough at times. Most of the outdoor lovers are big on staying fit. The ab carver allows them to remain that way. You should therefore buy an ab carver machine as well as other training and strengthening and equipment that will last for a long time.

If you want this fit but have a limited budget and space, there are many options that you can choose from so as to still be able to work out and stay fit. Shopping wisely is important. It may not be so easy to shop and shop well, but it is not impossible.

There are lots of ab carvers that you can choose from and you should settle for the ones that are of a high quality and within your budget.

You should purchase things wisely when you want to venture outdoors. Stay safe and stay warm, especially when the weather is not so favorable. There are lots of reasons as to why you should compare prices and find the best equipment for your ventures outdoors.

Using Resistance Bands

Safe

If one drops a resistance band on his or her toe, the toe is not likely to break. They are light, easy to move and safe to use. Dumbbells are heavy, awkward and can be dangerous. If one maxes out on a elastic band, he or she merely needs to release tension on the band. In comparison, maxing out weight on a dumbbell can cause injury. Hands down, training with exercise bands is safer than training with free weights.

Portable

They are light and compact. People who travel frequently can get a full workout by packing their resistance bands into a corner of their suitcase. Exercise bands can be stored in a drawer or under the bed. Free weights can take up an entire room or closet. In addition to their compact size, exercise bands much less expensive than free weights.

Effective

Since they are elastic, they do not rely on gravity to provide resistance. Therefore, exercise bands can be used in more ways than free weights. Resistance tubing become more taut as the band is stretched, which creates a heavier load on the band. As one pulls a 10 pound band tight, the load on the band could change to 30 pounds. The elastic nature of the band allows the user to challenge the ability of their muscles within a single exercise. In contrast, a 10 pound free weight will always way 10 pounds. Also as the band is pulled taut, it creates a kinetic energy known as recoil. The recoil of the band engages muscles both on the way up and on the way down. The effect of recoil is unique to exercise bands and works the muscle more thoroughly than using free weights.

Fitness Products

Free weight

Bowflex Selecttech Adjustable Dumbbells

Now dumbbells are one of my personal favorites of all work out equipment. Reason being, they are very useful. You have a wide array of ways to use them and work multiple areas of your body. But, often you have to buy multiple weights and if you are really into working out you will want a large range of weights. Having all those different weights take up a lot of space and can cost quite a bit of money depending on the quality of dumbbell. With the Bowflex Selecttech Adjustable dumbbells, you don’t have to worry about getting multiple sets of dumbbells. These dumbbells allow you to adjust to the desired weight by turning the nobs on their ends. They are made well and very durable. If purchased, I also recommend purchasing the Bowflex Selecttech Stand. This provides you with a nice storage place for your dumbbells and doesn’t require you to bend over to pick them up.

Force weight

Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym

With force weight systems, you are often provided with a system that allows you to rely on it for most if not your entire workout needs. This is very appealing to people that have little time to work out and want to workout at home. These people look for a piece of equipment that is reliable, able to store easily, and has as many workout options as possible. The Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym is a great product for people looking for a piece of equipment that falls under that criteria. Although it might be on the pricey side, you are getting a good, durable piece of equipment that I believe you will like and find quite useful.

Workout Equipment

Most people, when creating a program of physical fitness for themselves, are focused with decisions about what sort of equipment to use to attain their fitness goals. This article will review several options: weight machines, force weights, sports equipment, and provide links to purchasing these products.

Free weights have probably been around as long as workouts have. I can envision a Neanderthal doing reps with the leg bone of a medium-sized dinosaur. Today’s variety of free weights isn’t extensive and hasn’t especially evolved over many decades. They typically involve bars for weight plates of various sizes classic dumbbell, also of various sizes. These weights can be purchased as a set or one by one depending on the interests and needs of the customer. Like with most products, there are ranges of quality towards what you can purchase. Some weight sets can be thousands of dollars and some can be just a few hundred. Not only does the quality determine the price but so does functionality. People want something that will last, has multiple functions so they can work all parts of the body, and not sacrifice a giant amount of space to use and store the equipment. There are two products that I would like to recommend from personal use and those products are the Bowflex Selecttech adjustable dumbbells and the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym.

Aquatic Therapy

HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE

Hydrostatic pressure is the weight of a fluid – in this case water – against an object. When an athlete gets in the water, hydrostatic pressure creates a uniform support system for all immersed body parts.

  • Water completely surrounds submerged body part from all sides for a complete support system.
  • The deeper you go, the greater the support you get from the surrounding water. This effect creates a secure environment to prevent injury from falling, imbalances or over-stress.

BUOYANCY

Buoyancy is the ability to float in water. The deeper you go, the less weight you have to bear. Based on buoyancy principles, an athlete immersed in water up to their neck bears 10% of their body weight. If the water is at chest level, they bear 25% of their weight, and if the water is at hip level, they bear 50% of their weight.

Water’s zero-impact environment is ideal for getting in shape or recovering from an injury. The weightlessness means an athlete can get an intense workout with less joint stress and pressure. Stretching out tight muscles is much easier because water’s buoyancy helps improve range of motion.

In addition, athletes can rehabilitate without further straining injuries. Taking weight off any injury allows for therapy protocols too begin much sooner than traditional land-based treatments. This means they can rehabilitate faster, stay in shape during recovery and are ready to play as soon as they heal.

VISCOSITY

Viscosity is a fluid’s resistance against an object. In this case, water. The resistance or drag of water, combined with hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy, creates the ideal environment for training and therapy.

Exercises in water provide up to 15 times more resistance that the same exercises on land. When a water current is added with varied speeds (available in most aquatic therapy pools), this can ramp up the intensity of workouts or create treatment protocols to help athletes successfully progress different stages of recovery.

Perfect Fit for Getting Fit

When actively taking part in the initiative to create a happier and healthier community and park system, it’s important to choose equipment that offers various exercises in order to give users a strong, balanced workout. Today’s outdoor fitness equipment offers people the same fitness benefits as indoor facilities – at their own pace, on their own schedule and with no membership fees. Since the majority of users are of the 90% who don’t belong to a gym, the equipment caters to those who typically don’t have the time or financial means. It is not meant to take the place of indoor equipment and training centers. It is, however, designed to focus on general flexibility, cardio and muscle strengthening. It is second nature to see colorful playgrounds, picnic tables and park benches in public spaces, outdoor fitness equipment merely provides another site amenity option.

The Science Behind It

In addition to the traditional health benefits, placing fitness equipment in the outdoors also offers nutritional and health benefits as well. Sunshine and fresh air can help with osteoporosis and vitamin D deficiencies. Mental health studies prove that simply being outdoors can also help lower tension and depression levels, with even more studies showing improvement in moods and general well being. Specific studies done on the benefits of exercising outside suggest that the change of scenery can help prolong workouts and alleviate the tedious activities involved.

Indoor and Outdoor Working Together

The question of “why” is asked by many when beginning to consider placing outdoor fitness equipment in their community. While, at first glance, indoor gyms and outdoor fitness areas might appear to disagree with each other, they can actually work together nicely if placed appropriately. It is important to note that the people using outdoor equipment are usually not the same people holding a membership to an indoor gym.

Despite many news stories and studies expressing the benefits of regular exercise, only about 10% of Americans actually use their local fitness centers. While reasons range from busy lifestyles to high membership fees, the biggest hurdle to overcome is appearance and intimidation. The thought of working out next to someone who is more physically fit can have a huge impact on whether an individual takes the first steps to a healthier lifestyle. Outdoor fitness courses are designed to provide levels of challenge for older children and adults. The events can be laid out along a pathway or configured to fit your area. Sign packages explaining the various events and suggestions for physical programs and warm-up/cool-down routines are generally included and there is typically a choice of color options.

Inversion Therapy

Maybe it’s old age creeping up on me, but I feel a lot better doing it when I first get up. It could also be why I don’t feel the effects as dramatically as doing it during the evening. It’s also recommended to use it frequently throughout the day, rather than one long session. I use it for one minute in the evening, and if I remember, I try to add more one minute sessions during the day. I’ve also found that inverting 180 degrees really doesn’t have any additional benefits. I stopped fully inverting to 180 degrees as it made my head pound, and my eyeballs feel like they were going to pop out. It was also really hard on the ankles, as they were supporting my full body weight when inverted. I found a sweet spot at around 140-150 degrees inverted.

At this setting, my head and eyes weren’t pounding, and it dramatically reduced the pain and strain on my ankles. I felt absolutely no benefit being inverted at 180 degrees than at 140-150 degrees. In fact, at 140-150 degrees, it was much more comfortable, and I didn’t feel like I needed to stop after two minutes. I may try to increase my workout to three minutes. It’s recommended that you can increase your time inverted up to five minutes. I’m still working on getting past two minutes. My Teeter Hangups has proven to be rock solid reliable, with no problems. Nuts and bolts have all remained locked tight, and there are no squeaks or noises. I must admit, it’s a really heavy duty unit that should hold up to years of use. It did need a bit of oil on the ankle clamp mechanism, as it started to get sticky and temperamental. But, after a little bit of oil, it works like it’s on ball bearings. Some like to do exercises while inverted, such as crunches and twisting movements.

At my age, I don’t want to press my luck, so I’ll stick to tried and true inversion sessions. I haven’t had a chance to try out an inversion chair, but I suspect it won’t give you the benefits of an inversion table. With an inversion chair, you are sitting upside down, and only your torso and upper body weight are decompressing your upper body and joints. Your ankles and knees aren’t really getting any benefit from being inverted. If you do a full 180 degree inversion with the inversion chair, you will experience the same throbbing eyeballs and pounding in your head. The inversion table uses your entire body weight to decompress all your joints, giving you a more extensive workout. Since the exact weight of your body is compressing all your joints, using your entire body weight inverted will give it an equal decompression of your joints.

When shopping for an inversion table, don’t be cheap. Spend an extra $50-$100 over some of the no name bargain inversion tables. If you can actually go to a store and physically inspect it before buying, even better yet. Make sure the inversion table you choose is sturdy enough to support your weight. If it flexes and feels wobbly, don’t purchase it. Serious injury to your head, neck, and back can occur if the inversion table fails, or tips over. Check the ankle support system to make sure it’s very robust, and not just cheap straps that hold your ankles with velcro. If they aren’t well padded, and hold your ankles securely, they can remove skin and be a painful experience. They could also fail when inverted, causing serious injury if you land on your head or compress your neck and back. The inversion table has been a great investment, and something I know I’ll be using daily for the rest of my life.

Essential Gym Bag Items

  • Shoes. OK, so this one you may walk in already wearing. I pack mine because I’m often coming from work. The right shoes are an absolute must. What do I mean by the right shoes? This is an excellent question, and I am so pleased that you asked. When I started my CrossFit journey, Inov8s were really popular. They’re a minimalist running shoe, with a zero-drop sole. Merrell made a similar pair that were pretty good too… if you’re interested in barefoot running, which, at the time was just garnering quite a lot of attention in the running/fitness world. Zero drop is actually really important for CrossFitters as well because it allows you to squat and lift with better contact with the ground. A typical running shoe has a lot of squishy cushion in the heel, and not only is it not helpful in CrossFit movements, it can really hinder the proper development of your squat. Luckily, CrossFitters have better options now, that are geared specifically towards CrossFit. Here are my top picks.

The CrossFit Nano 5.0, made by Reebok is an all-around winner. I also loved the Nano 4.0, as well as the 2.0. The 2.0 is still available for sale at reebok.com.

Nanos have a zero-drop sole, and the 5.0s are a little stiffer through the heel, again to better facilitate contact with the ground when lifting. I particularly like the 5.0 because it has a narrower toe box (I have long, narrow feet) than either the 4.0 or the 2.0. It’s super grippy on the sides for rope climbs, and it just looks fantastic (Bonus!). Cost: $129.98 (more for customized options) from reebok.com, As far as an athletic shoe, this is a little on the pricey side, but for all-around useful-ness, this is a can’t-do-without winner.

When the Metcons came out they’d built up so much hype that they sold out immediately, and were back-ordered for months. I’ve never actually tried a pair, but from what I’ve heard they are not durable like the Nanos, especially when it comes to rope climbs. Otherwise, these have many of the same features as the Reebok Nanos in that they will allow you to squat more effectively in your WODs, as well as give appropriate support for running, and jumping movements. These go for $120 from nike.com. I think these are also a great looking shoe. Seriously, I get shoe envy every time I see a pair, but I’m a committed Nano girl… have been for years.

  • Tape Strips. If you don’t keep a pair of ready-made strips in your bag, then at least keep a roll of sport tape so you can make up a pair in a pinch. You can pick it up at any pharmacy, or order it online (my personal favorite). It’s available for $5.75 (on Prime) from amazon.com. There are so many things we do on the bar that can really wreck your hands. You’re already in a CrossFit gym, there’s no need to prove your toughness by shredding your hands. Note: there is a difference between sport tape and powerflex. If you use powerflex on your thumbs it will just hurt because it isn’t flexible enough, and conversely, powerflex would be a poor choice to protect hands because it’s too sticky.
  • And while we’re talking about hands, go ahead and throw a box of Blister Patches from Band-Aid in there. These are not something you will use in a work out (they won’t stay on, although they DO stick much better than regular band-aids), so perhaps they shouldn’t have made the essential list of gym bag items. However, they are like balm on poor ripped CrossFit hands. Imagine being able to put new skin right onto your tear… yep, that’s exactly what these do. You’ll have to replace them fairly often, but it’s worth a little relief when your hands are torn and you still have to use them. I pick mine up at Walgreens for about $7 per box of 6.
  • Pre-wrap tape, or Powerflex. I also mentioned these in my hand-care post. I use this every day, to wrap wrists (when using false grip on muscle ups), thumbs (when you’re using hookgrip on a barbell), or hot spots on my fingers. Definitely a high-use item. I use Powerflex and I order it from ithacasports.com in a box of 24 for $54.99+shipping. I find the 2″ is most useful. I go through a box about every 6 months.
  • Headband. If you’re of the male variety, you may think this just isn’t for you. But, guys, if sweat is running in your eyes, it burns the same way. I’ve seen lots of men wear headbands in the gym, especially if their hair is on the long side. Not only does a headband keep the sweat from your eyes, it keeps your hair out of the way, too. I’m picky about my headbands. It took me forever to find one that didn’t 1) slide right off my head, or 2) give me an immediate headache. I love the Fringe Fighter from Lululemon.com for $18. (please note that they are final sale). I think these Lucy headbands are very similar, at a similar price ($15), but I’ve never found a need to stray from my trusty Lulu. These headbands are wide enough to stay on my head.
  • Jump Rope.I don’t push clients into getting their own jump rope if they don’t yet have double unders locked in. But it’s a great idea, I would say it’s even necessary if you are serious about competing. Every gym is going to stock their own ropes. But it can be a hassle to find the right length, and it can be frustrating when the one you find that is the right length is in poor condition, with kinks, or worn spots where the wire is exposed. You just don’t always know what you’re getting. And when you’re struggling already with double unders, it can be like trying to hit a moving target. If you’re still learning, I highly recommend looking into rxsmartgear.com. Their ropes start at about $36, and once you have the handles, you can just replace the cable. Most people don’t realize that when you’re just trying to learn double unders, you’ll benefit from a little bit heavier rope, which is designed to give you more feedback and therefore allow you to learn quicker. Translation: less whipping yourself, and more actually learning how to establish a good rhythm. You can switch out a lighter cable as you become more and more proficient. Once you’re a double under master you can use their lightest rope, or find another speed rope that you like.

Once I became more proficient at double unders, I found I preferred a lighter, and smaller handle, and I switched to Again Faster. The one I’ve been using, which I’ve really liked, is no longer available, but it looks an awful lot like their Team Speed Rope ($20) – they released the Competition Rope ($30) after I bought the one I’m currently using. Again Faster also offers a Beginner Rope ($12), I like to keep a spare cable in my bag. For those rare “just in case” times.

  • Long Socks. There are certainly ways to minimize burning your skin right off on rope climbs. However, if I’m in a hurry (and when I’m on the clock, when am I NOT?) I don’t often take the time to worry about it. Pants help, but if I’m only wearing pants I usually burn the bare skin between the bottom of my pants and my shoe. Plus, my pants are way more expensive to replace than a pair of socks if I wear right through them.

Choose a Wonderful Racing Bike

Frames

When buying such a bike, future owners have to choose between the frames, made of carbon fiber and aluminum. Most of the aluminum frames excel at driving on a flat surface. However, this option is much cheaper as compared with carbon. Frames made of carbon fiber exhibit improved resistance to stress and maximum effective cushioning during the transport.

Wheels

As already mentioned above, the racing bikes are often equipped with narrow high-pressure tires. The surface of the latter contains a minimum quantity of protectors. Wheels that are tailored to these features would provide a low-level friction from the road surface, which contributes to the development of a high speed.

Pedals

Most of such bikes have no pedals as standard. This is due to the need of suiting the characteristics of riders’ shoes. Competent approach to the choice of the pedals is largely reflected in the comfort of driving and achieving the desired results.

Recommendation

If you are in need of a racing bike, I would recommend the 700C racing bike. This bike comes with the ultra-light aluminium alloy frame, which is anti-static coated. Thus, it looks nice and is durable for use. And the three aluminium alloy spokes provide high strength and speed improvement. What’s more, the racing 46T crankset with exquisite workmanship keeps fast riding.

Specs:

  • Material: Aluminium alloy
  • Load capacity: 150kg
  • Pedal category: Ball bearing pedal
  • Braking system: Double V disc brake
  • Size: 700x52cm
  • Package Weight: About 14kg

Weight Lifting Gloves For Pull Ups

  • If you’re deciding on which gloves to buy think of what else you’re going to be using them for because this makes a difference! You likely aren’t heading to the gym to spend an hour doing only pullups. You’re bouncing on the cardio machines, running the track, doing bodyweight exercises and pumping iron in the weight room. If you can’t use your new grips for everything else you do in the gym then they’re not very versatile. Look for a glove that gives you finger dexterity by either only having a half finger length or no finger. Trying to use a fingerless pad or grip is only going to get annoying, and it’s just not efficient.
  • Now this may seem silly because it’s not a tip about hand protection but rather a tip about proper form for pull ups. Too many people in the gym or CrossFit box THINK they know how to do a pull up properly. After all, it’s just grabbing a pull ups bar and yanking yourself up to it right? Wrong!

Treadmills For Runners

NordicTrack Commercial 1750

The NordicTrack 1750 has been a best-seller in the running treadmill category for a few years now. What most people don’t know is that NordicTrack upgrades it every year with the latest toys and entertainment gadgets.

The 1750 treadmill is built with heavier construction than their starter models including a tough 3.8 HP motor, extra long 60 inch belt and large 2.5 inch rollers (which help prolong the life of your belt and motor).

Plus you get adjustable cushioning – so if you need more protection you can turn it up. And if you want a more road-like feel, you can turn the cushioning down.

Another thing this treadmill has that many runners treadmills do not is the 3% decline (as well as a 15% incline). So it’s great for crosstraining challenge.

And you also get a full-color, touch screen web browser in the console. So you can surf the net as you run – a great way to add more enjoyment to your workout.

The 1750 also comes with the option to use iFit. iFit is a technology that connects your treadmill to the Internet. From there you can run famous world trails – like Central Park in New York or the streets of Paris. You actually see landmarks pass you by in the console screen – very virtual reality.

So overall the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 combines strong construction with a lot of entertainment options you need for long running workouts.

Proform Pro 2000

The Proform Pro 2000 was a consumer magazine “Best Buy” last year – so it has quickly become popular with runners.

The Pro 2000 doesn’t have some of the toys that the NordicTrack 1750 has – like the full color console, adjustable cushioning or web browser. But you do get a large, easy-to-read backlit console, a strong 3.5 HP motor and a spacious 60 inch long belt.

There’s also a built-in tablet holder to watch your favorite shows as you run. And you also get an iPod dock to play your favorites tunes through the console speakers as you walk.

There’s also a top 12 MPH speed limit, which is nice for runners who really want to pick up their pace.

Sole F80

The Sole F80 has been around for several years now and is a favorite on runners lists. Sole hasn’t really updated it in a while – so other treadmills are starting to eclipse the F80 in terms of value.

But it’s still worth a look. The main strength of the F80 is that both the deck and cushioniong are excellent. Sole uses CushionFlex cushioning – which has been shown to reduce impact on your joints by up to 40% (versus road running).

The console – while not multi-color like the NordicTrack 1750 above – is still bright and backlit. There is an iPod dock and several pre-designed built-in workouts to challenge you.

The Sole F80 comes in around $1499 – around the same price as the NordicTrack 1750. The Proform Pro 2000 (as of this writing) is about $200 less.

So while there are a lot of great runners treadmills out there, if you don’t want to pay $3000 and up, you really don’t have to. There are some great options above the give you strong construction, tough motors, protective cushioning and extra long running areas.